Riding the rails
To my Jelisava

The poetry of hands, 18

Poetryofhands18

"Science" Statue in front of the Boston Public Library (sister statue to "Art") / Boston, Mass. / July 2007

“Art is an irreplaceable way of understanding and expressing the world -- equal to but distinct from scientific and conceptual methods. Art addresses us in the fullness of our being -- simultaneously speaking to our intellect, emotions, intuition, imagination, memory and physical senses. There are some truths about life that can be expressed only as stories or songs or images.

Art delights, instructs, consoles. It educates our emotions. And it remembers. As Robert Frost once said about poetry, 'It is a way of remembering that which it would impoverish us to forget.’ Art awakens, enlarges, refines and restores our humanity.”

~ Dana Gioia (chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts)

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